12 December, 2010

Sounds Like Crazy Virtual Book Tour Dec. ‘10 – Jan. ‘11 and Review December 13th, 2010

 About Sounds Like Crazy

Sounds Like CrazyThough she doesn’t remember the trauma that caused it, Holly Miller has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has fractured into five different identities, together known as The Committee. And as much as they make Holly’s life hell, she can’t live without them. Then one of those identities, the flirtatious, southern Betty Jane, lands Holly a voice over job. Betty Jane wants nothing more than to be in the spotlight. The rest of The Committee wants Betty Jane to shut up. Holly’s therapist wants to get to the bottom of her broken psyche. And Holly? She’s just along for the ride.

About Shana Mahaffey
Shana MahaffeyShana  Mahaffey lives in San Francisco in an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends and five cats. She’s a survivor of Catechism and cat scratch fever, and is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writers’ community. Her work has been published in SoMa Literary Review and Sunset Magazine.  She welcomes all visitors to her website http://www.shanamahaffey.com/, and is happy to meet with book groups in-person or in cyberspace (phone/webcam/the works).

My Thoughts
Holly Miller is a woman in her late twenties with multiple personalities or as Holly describes it, voices in her head and she calls them the Committee which consists of five distinctive personalities.  As Holly tells her story, we come to know the different personalities that have virtually taken over her life. It is difficult for Holly to lead a normal existence but she does try to be as normal as she can be and gets a job as a voiceover actress for a popular show. Her relationships are strained, she does not get along with her mother and her father seems to be pretty much absent from her life. Holly's mother is more interested in appearances than being a mother to Holly and Holly's father left the family and pays the bills so that leaves her sister Sarah who is very supportive of Holly even though they live far apart. Holly has been seeing a psychiatrist, Milton for quite a few years and with his help and guidance Holly is able to come to terms with the traumatic events that caused the personalities to appear in the first place. The author weaves these different personalities into Holly's daily life and we see how Holly's mind has created these very different personalities to protect her and how she becomes cured of  this disorder. I really enjoyed this book, serious, dark and funny at the same time but I think with lessons to be learned as to how mental abuse can affect children's young lives and how devasting it can be for a family. 
I received a copy of this book from the author and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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